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The Creative Change Coalition is a national coalition of place-based organizations that center people, creativity, and equity working together to create a stronger ecosystem for communities and artists.


Launched in the fall of 2023, the Creative Change Coalition is informed by and builds on Springboard’s existing national resources and experience working with other organizations across the country on locally-rooted emergency relief efforts during the pandemic. In response to the need and opportunity for a stronger network to connect local efforts to work together towards system change, the Coalition provides greater visibility for place-based, people-powered, and creativity-centered work and to build solidarity towards shared research, advocacy and policy change.

Organization members have access to additional tools and support for peer network building, shared work, and piloting new ideas. The Creative Change Coalition will evolve and be informed and built by the people and organizations that engage with it. Learn more below and become a member or participant today. Visit the JOIN US page for ways to be involved.


Springboard Staff

Associate Director

National Program Manager
Read the press release announcing the Coalition

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The Creative Change Coalition is stewarded by Springboard for the Arts. Learn more about Springboard’s mission and vision.

To foster this connection, we ask Coalition members and participants to engage in Coalition activities with:

A Spirit of Collaboration: We seek and act from a place of mutual respect, trust, commitment, and reciprocity with all our partners. We share what we have, what we’ve learned, and our goal is to create welcoming and generous environments, both in person and virtual.

An Asset-based Lens: We have everything we need. We approach challenges as opportunities, and believe change is possible, and that change is possible from within.

Taking the Leap: Launching the Creative Change Coalition

We launched the Creative Change Coalition on November 16th, 2023 with the first Community of Practice session, featuring a conversation between Laura Zabel, Executive Director of Springboard for the Arts, and special guests National Endowment for the Arts Chair, Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD and NEA Design & Creative Placemaking Director, Ben Stone. 

Along with our presenting team, over 180 participants from 120 organizations and 34 states were in attendance, bringing curiosity, collaboration, and a desire for community and connection to the session. Read more on Creative Exchange.

A graphic recording of the first Community of Practice session by artist Matthew Wuorinen. November, 2023.

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More About the Coalition:

The Creative Change Coalition is stewarded by Springboard for the Arts with support from the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Creative Change Coalition partner logos, Springboard for the Arts, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts